Asthma Much More Lethal for Black Children, Study Finds

SATURDAY, March 4, 2017 (HealthDay News) — Asthma attacks can prove deadly to kids, but a new study shows that black American children are six times more likely to die of the illness than their white or Hispanic peers. The gap in death rates “may imply a differential access to care” based on a family’s […]




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Can Mom’s Vitamin E Head Off Child’s Asthma Risk?

SATURDAY, March 4, 2017 (HealthDay News) — Kids born to moms with low levels of vitamin E might be more likely to develop asthma, new research suggests. When moms had low levels of a specific type of vitamin E measured right after birth, their children were more likely to develop wheezing and to have been […]




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Nasal ‘Nerve Block’ May Help Ease Kids’ Migraines

SUNDAY, March 5, 2017 (HealthDay News) — Kids and teens who suffer with migraines may find relief from a nasal “nerve block” that’s commonly used in adults with the debilitating headaches, a new study suggests. During the procedure, a catheter is placed in each nostril and inserted until it reaches a bundle of nerves at […]




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Polluted Environments Kill 1.7M Kids Yearly: WHO

Marc 6, 2017 — Unhealthy and polluted environments cause more than 1 in 4 deaths of children younger than age 5 worldwide, the World Health Organization says. Environmental factors such as indoor and outdoor air pollution, secondhand smoke, unsafe water, lack of sanitation, and poor hygiene kill 1.7 million children a year, according to two […]




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Secondhand Smoke Linked to Food Allergies in Kids

MONDAY, March 6, 2017 (HealthDay News) — Exposure to secondhand smoke in the first few weeks of life could boost the risk that kids will develop food allergies, a new study suggests. “Early life exposure to secondhand smoke is a well-established risk factor for asthma and, in some studies, for allergic sensitization and eczema in […]




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Patients Often Reject Drug-Only Psych Treatment

MONDAY, March 6, 2017 (HealthDay News) — Mental health patients are more likely to reject treatment if it involves only drugs, a new study finds. Some experts believe talk therapy should be the first treatment option for many mental health disorders. The new finding — from a review of 186 prior studies — supports that […]




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Your Sex Life May Work Wonders for Your Work Life

MONDAY, March 6, 2017 (HealthDay News) — What makes for a happy, productive worker? It could be a good sex life. At least that’s the suggestion of a new study that included 159 married employees who were surveyed daily for two weeks. Those who had sex were in a better mood at work the next […]




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RA Drug May Not Ease Chronic Fatigue After All

MONDAY, March 6, 2017 (HealthDay News) — A small-scale clinical trial has cast doubt upon the potential usefulness of an anti-inflammatory drug to treat chronic fatigue syndrome. Doctors had hoped that anakinra (Kineret) — a medication for rheumatoid arthritis — also could be used to relieve symptoms of chronic fatigue syndrome. But after a month […]




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Some Migraines Tied to Artery Tears in Neck

MONDAY, March 6, 2017 (HealthDay News) — Some younger adults who suffer migraines may be at risk for tears in their neck arteries, which can increase the chances of a stroke, a new study suggests. Exactly what triggers these vessel tears is not clear, the researchers added. However, study author Dr. Alessandro Pezzini stressed that […]




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Alzheimer’s Death Toll Nearly Doubles in 15 Years

“And the costs are now completely out of control,” added Fargo, with the total annual cost for Alzheimer’s and dementia care in excess of a quarter trillion dollars. Another highlighted concern: the “especially burdensome” ordeal Alzheimer’s caregivers experience while attending to the needs of loved ones as the patient suffers across-the-board mental and physical decline. […]




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House Republicans Unveil Their Rx for Obamacare

The Senate then would have to pass its own version of health care reform, and any differences between the two worked out in conference. Proposal has both supporters and detractors Health policy analysts, interested parties and other stakeholders offered widely differing opinions of the draft proposal. Those who supported the expansion of private health insurance […]




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Have Americans Given Up on Losing Weight?

TUESDAY, March 7, 2017 (HealthDay News) — More Americans are overweight or obese, but many have given up on trying to lose those excess pounds, a new study shows. One in every three people in the United States is now obese, compared with one in five 20 years ago, researchers report. But people surveyed between […]




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